Current Research Studies

Orthopedics - Fox Pediatric Congenital Spinal Deformity Study

Condition or Therapy:

Spinal Fusion in patients with congenital scoliosis


Seattle Children's Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

What is the goal of this study?

The primary objectives of this study are to study and analyze the clinical, radiographic and patient-reported outcomes of all current surgical procedures along with the incidence of complications associated with these same procedures.

Secondary objectives include: (i) to identify the indications for the surgical procedure in each patient; (ii) report on the clinical, radiographic and patient-reported outcomes of each patient; (iii) characterize the perioperative and postoperative complications associated with all procedures and the effect of complications on ultimate surgical outcomes; (iv) identify the risk factors for the development of complications; and (v) to develop an algorithm and treatment guidelines for dissemination.

Who can join the study?

  • Patients with congenital scoliosis 1 to 20 years old undergoing spinal fusion at Seattle Children’s

What will happen if my child takes part in this study?

  • Patients enrolled at preoperative visit
  • Health information will be collected from all clinic visits and surgeries
  • Deidentified patient data will be entered into the Setting Scoliosis Straight Foundation’s database
  • Families complete questionnaires at the preoperative visit as well as 1 and 2 year follow-up visits. Clinical photos of spine also taken at these visits

Who can I contact for more information?

For more information, please email

Study Location(s):

Seattle Children's Main Campus

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Burt Yaszay